Defining Progressive Christianity

The above definition came my way via the Patheos Progressive Christian portal page on Facebook, although it did not originate there.


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  • Just Sayin’

    How does progressive Christianity differ from radical Christianity or liberal Christianity?

    • James F. McGrath

      That’s a great question! There is definitely overlap, and so a lot depends on whom you ask. For some, liberal and progressive are essentially the same. For others, progressive adopts less of the positivist modernist approach to things, and has a more chastened postmodern or critical realist approach to knowledge than classic liberalism did.

  • Chris Hall

    No mention of God or faith? Could’ve been written by any follower of any worldly guru.

    • James F. McGrath

      This comment seems to me either to be offered in bad faith, or to indicate a lack of attention to detail. The text clearly states that this is a form of Christianity, and there is a lot that is taken for granted in that open statement. It is an attempt to mark out some of the distinctive emphases of this particular form of Christianity, much as one might say that Evangelical Christianity is Christianity which emphasizes the need for a personal decision, without thereby suggesting that God is unimportant.

  • contantlysearching

    James, I really resonate with this. I also really enjoy your blog. I’m always looking (hints the name constantlysearching) for new people to talk to about theology, as I am an ex-evangelical/fundamentalist that now leans toward progressive/liberal Christianity. Is therea way I could correspond with you besides using comments?

    • James F. McGrath

      Well, there’s always Facebook… and on there, there are definitely some communities that it might be useful to connect with.